Joe Biden, Obama, Pope Francis, others pay tribute to Desmond Tutu

Joe Biden, Obama, Pope Francis, others pay tribute to Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

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Tributes have been pouring in since the demise of the anti-apartheid leader, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday aged 90.

Prominent leaders around the world like US President Joe Biden, Pope Francis, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Foundation, Former United States President, Barack Obama and many others have all reacted to his demise.

In a report gathered by REUTERS on Sunday, US President Joe Biden and his wife, First Lady Jill Biden said; “On this morning after Christmas, we are heartbroken to learn of the passing of a true servant of God and of the people, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa.”

“His courage and moral clarity helped inspire our commitment to change American policy toward the repressive Apartheid regime in South Africa.”

Likening Desmond Tutu to a man who inspired millions worldwide, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said; “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a fervent, vocal opponent of apartheid and committed champion of human rights. He inspired millions, not just in South Africa, but worldwide to stand with those fighting for freedom and justice.”

Thabo Makgoba, Archbishop of Cape Town said; “Desmond Tutu’s legacy is moral strength, moral courage and clarity. He felt with the people. In public and alone, he cried because he felt people’s pain. And he laughed – no, not just laughed, he cackled with delight when he shared their joy.”

Nelson Mandela Foundation said; “His contributions to struggles against injustice, locally and globally, are matched only by the depth of his thinking about the making of liberator futures for human societies. He was an extraordinary human being. A thinker. A leader. A shepherd.”

Describing Desmond Tutu as a universal spirit and a moral compass, Former United States President, Barack Obama said; “Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere.

“He never lost his impish sense of humour and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.”

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres said; "I am deeply saddened by the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu - a towering global figure for peace & justice, voice of the voiceless & inspiration to people everywhere.

“We will continue to draw strength from his humanity, passion & resolve to fight for a better world for all.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said; “He was a critical figure in the fight against apartheid and in the struggle to create a new South Africa - and will be remembered for his spiritual leadership and irrepressible good humour.”

The Vatican in a statement that Pope Francis offered “heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones”.

“Mindful of his service to the gospel through the promotion of racial equality and reconciliation in his native South Africa, his holiness commends his soul to the loving mercy of almighty God.”

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